Recently I was contacted to see if I would be interested in reviewing the So Good Soy Milk Beverages. I agreed even though we don’t have anyone in our family who has milk intolerance at this point in time. When my daughter was younger she had some intolerance to regular formula and milk at one point. We had to buy some soy beverage for her. I figure that exploring new taste and discovering new products would help us to expand our taste buds.
The So Good products are produced by Earth’s Own Food Company. Earth's Own Food Company is a Canadian company who is the #1 non-dairy beverage company in the country. Our recipe for success is fostering wellbeing in everything we do and making healthy products that are good for consumers, their families, the community and the planet. Earth's Own Food Company has 205 employees who are passionate and committed to the company's vision and continued growth. Earth's Own Food Company's vision is to be a pioneering healthy food & beverage company, one that takes an ethical approach to championing nutritional innovation & high quality products and services in order to actively improve people's lives and well-being.
So Good is made from non-genetically modified soy protein by Identity Preservation. What this means is that a monitoring system has been put in place which controls each step of the manufacturing process -- from seed selection to planting and harvesting, transportation and processing -- to ensure no genetically modified soybeans enter the supply stream at any time.
So Good is 100% lactose free and a perfect alternative to milk. Lactose is the natural sugar found in dairy milk and lactase is the enzyme required to break down the lactose. Some people have little or no lactase in their body which means dairy milk and dairy milk products cannot be digested. The common symptoms of lactose intolerance are stomach pains, bloating, gas, diarrhea and nausea. So Good is also 100% free of cholesterol and low in saturated fat. Vegetable oil is added to Original and Flavour varieties of So Good to provide appropriate fat levels for satisfying mouth feel and beverage smoothness (100% cholesterol free polyunsaturated sunflower oil or Canola oil is used). The product is 100% free of animal products and suitable for vegetarian and vegan diets as well as 100% gluten-free and are suitable for people with Celiac Disease. So Good is a participant in Health CheckTM - a food information program developed by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. So Good has factories on both the east and west coast of Canada, reducing its distance to market (unlike Silk soymilk, which is shipped up from the US).
I have to admit that the So Good Strawberry didn’t win some fans in our household. I would have thought that my kids would have liked it. My daughter herself, age 3, has picked it because it was pink. But somehow the taste didn’t stick with them. Personally I thought I was drinking a milk made of chalk. You could taste a bit of strawberry in it but not enough to remove the taste of the soy behind it. I guess that with time the kids might get used to it… if needed be that is.
So I didn’t know how the So Good Chocolate would be received when I open the container.
Well surprisingly the kids and I LOVED it (my husband doesn’t drink or eat anything chocolate except if it would be white chocolate!). The taste of chocolate was rich and when you were done with it you just wanted more of it. We drank this one in a record time (compared to the strawberry flavor that is…). My sweet Jasmine kept asking for more even though there wasn’t any more as the container was…. empty!
I do have two other vouchers for So Good products. I am looking for a Vanilla (requested by my husband) and a Chocolate one. But somehow, the stores I went too didn’t have any in stock… I did three stores yesterday and none had them – Wal-Mart (almost empty shelves), Metro and Shoppers Drug Mart. Mmmm! I still have to go check at Loblaws as well as Independent but haven’t had the time yet. UPDATE: This morning I went to a Loblaws who had the Chocolate and Vanilla Omega version. These found their way to our house… Looking forward to discover the Vanilla flavour but I will wait until my husband is back from his Daddy day with our 5 years old son!
All So Good products are made of natural flavours, are an excellent source of nutrition, contain calcium, are low in saturated fat and are fortified with essential vitamins and minerals! And it is perfect for people who can’t drink milk because of issues like being lactose intolerant.
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Deadline: Aug 10th , 2011
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